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The future of empowering the EU-North Africa Research and Innovation Cooperation on Agro-Food under the PRIMA Initiative (2018-2028)

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7-9 April 2019. Cairo. Africa Food Manufacturing conference.
Track 5: Food Economy, Marketing, Trade, and Market Access.
Presentation by Mohamed Wageih,

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The future of empowering the EU-North Africa Research and Innovation Cooperation on Agro-Food under the PRIMA Initiative (2018-2028)

  1. 1. The PRIMA programme is supported under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation DR. Mohamed Ahmed Wageih PRIMA Project Officers Africa Food Manufacturing Conference Agenda 7th – 9th April 2019
  2. 2. Challenges in the Mediterranean Area: Climate change Population growth and food security issues Water scarcity and overexploitation of natural resources Unsustainable agricultural practices Agro - biodiversity loss Lack of innovation in Mediterranean agro-food value chains PRIMA Overview
  3. 3. An article 185 initiative as the most suitable instrument to tackle global challenges of the Med region in an integrated way • Equal footing • Long-term commitment and orientation (2018-2028) • Avoiding fragmentation and duplications in R&I • Focused on Research, Innovation • Definition of a common MED-wide 10-year Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda • Institutional integration with MED stakeholders (end users, communities, enterprises, governments) PRIMA Main Features PRIMA Overview
  4. 4. Scientific Advisory Committee Board of Trustees - Chair and Co-Chair - PS Representatives - EC, UfM as Observers Steering Committee PRIMA operates as an independent legal private entity PRIMA Secretariat Barcelona PRIMA Foundation Governance Financial contribution € 274,000 PS € 220.000 EU 19 June 2017 Foundation under Spanish law 19 PS members of Foundation PRIMA Overview
  5. 5. GERMANY FRANCE ITALY ALGERIA TURKEY CYPRUSMALTA PORTUGAL SPAIN MOROCCO EGYPT GREECE JORDAN SLOVENIA CROATIA TUNISIA ISRAEL LEBANON LUXEMBOURG 19 Countries PRIMA Overview
  6. 6. PRIMA Programme structure Call publication PRIMA-IS PRIMA-IS PS (Participating States) Proposal evaluation and selection PRIMA-IS PRIMA-IS PS Projects funded by PS PS Projects monitored by PRIMA-IS PRIMA-IS PS PS Rules for participation derogations set by Decision (EU) 2017/ 1324 PS Rules PS Rules SECTION 1 Calls for proposals SECTION 2 Calls for proposals SECTION 3 Activities supporting operations PRIMA-IS EU PRIMA Overview
  7. 7. Three Main Thematic Areas Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda SRIA trategic Research and Innovation Agenda raft - August 10th 2017 • MANAGEMENT OF WATER Integrated and sustainable management of water for arid and semi-arid Mediterranean areas • FARMING SYSTEMS Sustainable farming systems under Mediterranean environmental constraints • AGRO-FOOD VALUE CHAIN Sustainable Mediterranean agro-food value chain for regional and local development
  8. 8. What has been done by PRIMA So Far? Agro Food- North Africa
  9. 9. PRIMA Annual Work Plans 2018: Calls The objective of Section 1 and 2 Calls of PRIMA AWP 2018 focused on the following SRIA priorities THEMATIC AREA 1 WATER MANAGEMENT • Priority 1 Water resources availability and quality within catchments and aquifers • Priority 2 Sustainable Integrated water management • Priority 3 Irrigation technologies and practices • Priority 4 Use of alternative water resources (section 1) THEMATIC AREA 2 FARMING SYSTEM • Priority 1 Adaptation of farming systems to climate change • Priority 2 Developing sustainable and productive agro-ecosystems (section 1) • Priority 3 Preventing emergence of animal and plant diseases • Priority 4 Developing farming systems able to generate income, to create employment and to contribute to a balanced territorial development THEMATIC AREA 3 AGRO-FOOD VALUE CHAIN • Priority 3 Implementation of innovation in the Agro-food chain, promoting higher quality, sustainability and competitiveness, with particular reference to smallholders (section 1) • Priority 1 Valorising food products from traditional Mediterranean diet (section 2) • Priority 2 Food Safety in local food chains (section 2) • Priority 4 Implications of dietary shifts and sustainable diets for the Med populations and food industry (section 2)
  10. 10. Farming systems 43% Water Management 39% Agro-Food 18% STAGE 1 457 PRE PROPOSALS Farming systems 40% Water Management 30% Agro-Food 30% STAGE 2 30 FULL PROPOSALS Statistics on PRIMA call 2018 section 1 • 3 projects funded under each thematic area • 6 M€ for Priority 3 Implementation of innovation in the Agro-food chain
  11. 11. Proposal Acronym Title Coordinating Country Participating countries CAMELMILK Boost the production, transformation and consumption of camel milk in the Mediterranean basin Spain Algeria /Germany /Croatia /France /Italy /Morocco /Turkey DAINME-SME Dairy Innovation for Mediterranean SME Spain Egypt /France /Italy /Tunisia /Turkey MEDITOMATO Bringing innovation and sustainability along the whole value chain in the MEDiterranan TOMATO industry Spain Germany/ Greece/ Italy/ Tunisia/ Turkey Funded Proposals – AWP2018 – Section 1: Priority 3 Implementation of innovation in the Agro-food chain
  12. 12. Statistics on PRIMA call 2018 section 2 Farming systems 46% Water Management 24% Agro-Food 30% STAGE 1 - 362 PRE PROPOSALS Farming systems 45% Water Management 22% Agro-Food 33% STAGE 2 - 94 FULL PROPOSALS • Out of 6 projects funded under Section 2 ‘Agro Food’, 5 with North African Countries
  13. 13. Project Title Country Participating countries ArtiSaneFood Innovative Bio-interventions and Risk Modelling Approaches for Ensuring Microbial Safety and Quality of Mediterranean Artisanal Fermented Foods Portugal Algeria Spain USA France Greece Italy Morocco Tunisia BOOMERANG Healthier bio-fortified Mediterranean grains Spain Algeria Germany Egypt Italy Tunisia Turkey MILKQUA Milk quality all along the dairy chain for a sustainable MILK France Spain Italy Portugal Tunisia SAFFROMFOOD Valorisation of saffron and its floral by-products as sustainable innovative sources for the development of high added-value food products Spain Algeria Germany France Italy Portugal VEGGIE-MED- CHEESES Valorisation of thistle-curdled CHEESEs in MEDiterranean marginal areas Italy Spain Greece Tunisia
  14. 14. AWP2018, North Africa Participation ‘Agro Food’ 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 4 ALGERIA EGYPT MOROCCO TUNISIA Section 1 Section 2
  15. 15. PRIMA Annual Work Plans 2019 The objective of Section 1 and 2 Calls of PRIMA AWP 2019 will focus on the following SRIA priorities THEMATIC AREA 1 WATER MANAGEMENT • Priority 1 Water resources availability and quality within catchments and aquifers • Priority 2 Sustainable Integrated water management THEMATIC AREA 2 FARMING SYSTEM • Priority 1 Adaptation of farming systems to climate change • Priority 2 Developing sustainable and productive agro-ecosystems THEMATIC AREA 3 AGRO-FOOD VALUE CHAIN • Priority 2 Food Safety in local food chains • Priority 3 Implementation of innovation in the Agro-food chain, promoting higher quality, sustainability and competitiveness, with particular reference to smallholders
  16. 16. AWP 2019 - Thematic Area ‘FOOD’ Section 1 Section 2 Topic 1.3.1 IA Implementation of analytical tools and digital technology to achieve traceability & authenticity control of traditional Mediterranean foods. Topic 2.3.1 RIA Extending shelf-life of perishable Mediterranean food products Topic 2.3.2 RIA Enhancing horizontal and vertical integration in Mediterranean agro-food value-chains
  17. 17. AWP19‘F’ Section 1 “Topic 1.3.1 IA Implementation of analytical tools and digital technology to achieve traceability and authenticity control of traditional Mediterranean foods” Allocated Budget € 6,4 million Expected number of grants Up to 4 (projects up to € 1,6 million each, – indicative amount) Projects Duration 36-48 months Section 1 - Thematic Area 3- Agro-food value chain
  18. 18. Number of participating entities (Section 1-Stage 1) 9 45 17 15 0 1 33 32 39 43 17 9 20 53 31 44 5 5 20 56 41 51 15 6 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Farming IA Farming RIA Agro-food IA Water RIA Nexus RIA Nexus CSA Algeria Egypt Morocco Tunisia
  19. 19. Coordination : SECTION 1-STAGE 1 2 10 8 5 Algeria Egypt Morocco Tunisia
  20. 20. AWP19‘F’ Section 2 Section 2 - Thematic Area 3- Agro-food value chain Productivity Shelf Life Food Losses Global Food Crisis Topic 2.3.1 RIA Extending shelf-life of perishable Mediterranean food products by sustainable technologies and logistics and by optimized pest and microbial control
  21. 21. AWP19‘F’ Section 2 Topic 2.3.2 RIA Enhancing horizontal and vertical integration of Mediterranean agro- food value-chains to foster innovation and sustainability Smallholders Value-Chain Complexity Cross-sectoral Interactions Section 2 - Thematic Area 3- Agro-food value chain
  22. 22. Coordination: SECTION 2-STAGE 1 11 6 4 4 Egypte Morrocco Tunisia Algeria
  23. 23. Number of participating entities (Section 2-Stage 1) 148 92 89 77 Tunisia Egypte Morrocco Algeria
  24. 24. Thank you for your attention DR. Mohamed A Wageih, Project Officer ‘AGRO FOOD’ Email: mohamed.wageih@prima-med.org Website: http://prima-med.org/

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